Things You May Not Know: Panthers-Kings Edition

FLA - Willie MitchellWhich Panthers team will show up Tuesday night when the team makes their only appearance of the year at Staples Center? That’s likely a tougher question to answer than predicting what Darryl Sutter will say when you ask about who his starting goaltender might be for a particular game. After scoring only 15 goals over their first 11 games, Florida has scored 18 goals in their past four games. On the defensive side of things, new team captain Willie Mitchell leads the way with a plus-3 rating and is likely to have a little extra pep in his step facing his old mates. We want you to be equally fired up for this one, so here is a fresh batch of notes that just might make you sound smart while watching all the action with a friend or loved one tonight… or even at a sports bar talking to strangers…

Five Things You May Not Have Known about the Florida Panthers:

1. Florida has five current roster players who have their named inscribed on the Stanley Cup a combined nine times: Willie Mitchell (2012, 2014 LA Kings), Shawn Thornton (2007 Anaheim, 2011 Boston), Dave Bolland (2010, 2013 Chicago), Tomas Kopecky (2008 Detroit, 2010 Chicago), and Brian Campbell (2010 Chicago)

2. Roberto Luongo is said to be a dead-ringer for this current LA Kings forward.

3. The Panthers have surrendered just nine third period goals this season. Only Los Angeles (8), Winnipeg (7), and Chicago (7) have given up fewer third period goals.

4. Panthers assistant coach Mark Morris was the head coach for the Kings AHL affiliate in Manchester from 2006-14. However, of greater note is that he is the only bench boss to achieve 300 wins in NCAA college hockey and the American League. During his days at Clarkson University one of his start defenseman was Willie Mitchell – something he talked about here.

5. Of the Panthers six wins this season in 15 games, two have come at the expense of California teams. Florida defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 (Nov. 11 in Florida) and most recently handed the Ducks a 6-2 setback this past Sunday in Anaheim.

What might happen Tuesday night? These odds, supplied by MayorsManor and Panthers beat writer George Richards, are a great place to start.

Instagram

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please remember to include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

RUMOR: New LA Kings Fourth Jersey for 2020-21 Season

Let the games begin.
No, not the action on the ice — we’re still a few months away from hockey returning — but rather the cat and mouse game of trying to figure out what the new LA Kings jersey will look like.
As we discussed on a recent Kings of the Podcast episode, teams around the […]

This Date in LA Kings History: October 21

Happy birthday to the first player to score a goal in @LAKings' history, Brian Kilrea, who was born on October 21, 1934.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/NbczyuBHWN
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) October 21, 2020

Happy birthday to former @LAKings goaltender Ryan Bach, who was born on October 21, 1973.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/OHH7K6k1CG
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) October 21, 2020

On October 21, 1989, […]

Kings Of the Podcast: Ep. Q21 with Kevin Westgarth

For Episode Q21 we reached out to an old friend. Kevin Westgarth joins us for another all new Kings of the Podcast, where we look back on some good times, as well as chat about what he’s been up to recently – in his role working for the league office.
Among the other topics discussed:
– Many […]

Major News Items

Anatomy of a Draft Pick – How the Kings Decided on Byfield

It seems that nearly every year there is a debate among two players either at or near the top of the NHL Draft board. This year was no exception, with Quinton Byfield vs. Tim Stutzle being a common theme among … [Read More...]

More Prospect News